Curds and Whey

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Curds and Whey
A Patience game
Family Spider
Deck Single 52-card
See also Glossary of solitaire

Curds and Whey is a solitaire card game which uses a deck of 52 playing cards. Invented by David Parlett, this game belongs to the family of solitaire games that includes Spider and Scorpion.

Rules[edit]

The cards are dealt into 13 piles (or columns) of four cards each. The top card of each pile is available for play.

There are no foundations in this game; the object is to form four suit sequences each running from King down to Ace.

A card can be built in only two ways:

  • Over a card that is of the same suit and of a higher rank, or
  • Over a card that is of the same rank but of a different suit.

For example, the 8♣ can be built over the 9♣ or any other 8 (such as the 8♠).

One card can be moved at a time unless a sequence has been made. If a sequence of cards follows either one of the following two guidelines:

  • Sequences that are built down by suit
  • Sequences of cards with the same rank

...it can be moved as a unit in part or in whole. However, a sequence that follows both guidelines at once must be rearranged to follow only one guideline before moving as a unit.

When a column becomes empty, it can only be filled by a King or a sequence starting with a King.

The game is won when the object above is fulfilled, forming four suit sequences each running from King down to Ace.

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